Managing for Happiness
Nurturing a company culture of opportunity and challenge, support and appreciation is not just about giving you a warm fuzzy feeling – it can increase your bottom line. Rena Klein makes the case.
A Guide to Managing Performance
Retaining high performing employees and managing performance have major business benefits. Peta Tumpey and Katie Simon of TressCox Lawyers provide a guide.
What is productivity and how should we measure it? Robert Peake reports on recent survey findings and suggests strategies for architectural practices.
Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice
The Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice aim to help Australian architecture move towards a more equitable profession; one that offers opportunity for all and is better positioned to meet contemporary challenges.
Do internships provide a much-needed foot in the door and an opportunity to learn or are they exploitation? It all depends on the structure and policies in place, and the integrity with which they are supervised.
Champions of Change
Sydney-based representatives from top Australian architecture practices have signed up for the first Male Champions of Change program in architecture. Leone Lorrimer reports on the launch event, the initiative, and what it means for Australian architecture.
Do We Need a Construction Happiness Index?
John Held on happiness, mental health and the construction industry.
Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace
The topic of mental health is receiving increasing attention in architecture. So, how can you ensure that your practice is safe and healthy? ACA partner Cbus works with SuperFriend to provide knowledge and resources about mental health, some of which is shared below.
How do you make performance reviews productive for both the business and the employee?
HR Policy Templates
The ACA is delighted to announce that a set of HR Policy Templates are now available to members.
The Merits of Mentoring
When it comes to creating a motivated and well-supported architectural workforce, mentoring is a no-brainer, argues Michael Smith.
Go Hard or Go Home!
Lee Hillam reflects on the long-hours culture in architecture.
The powerful impact of part-time work
Part-time employment can have enormous benefits – to employers and employees, but also to the creative process, argues Madeline Sewall.
Successful Leadership Succession
How do you develop a clear, effective process for succession in your practice? Robert Peake outlines the key issues and strategies, and warns of problems you may encounter.
Women in Male-Dominated Industries: A Toolkit of Strategies
The Women in Male Dominated Industries Toolkit of Strategies offers a range of ways to recruit, retain and support women.
Architects and mental health
"This review has highlighted the lack of data and knowledge in relation to the mental health and wellbeing of architects. It has highlighted a number of characteristics of work and education of architects that are strongly associated with increased risk of developing mental health problems."
As part of an ongoing project, the NSW Architects Registration Board has now released a literature review of material relevant to architects and mental health.Link
Individual Flexible Arrangements
Individual flexibility arrangements provide the opportunity to vary modern awards or enterprise agreements to provide flexibility in a fair and appropriate manner.
Guide to Hiring New Employees
A new guide for small business from the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Why HR Policy Matters
With the release of the new ACA HR Policy Templates, we outline the benefits of having policy in place for practices of all sizes.
CEO Roundtable on Gender Equity
Leone Lorrimer co-hosted the first CEO Roundtable to explore and discuss gender diversity issues in architecture. She reports on the event and the resulting action plan.
Part of the Territory? A response from the ACA
Poor workplace cultures and conditions are bad for everyone – employee, employer and the wider profession. David Wagner responds to one recent account.
Supporting Working Parents
What does the recent Human Rights Commission report mean for architectural businesses?
Reverse mentoring has much to offer architectural practices, with potential benefits to employees, employers and the whole business.
To Work or Not to Work? The Part-time Question
Melonie Bayl-Smith argues that flexible work arrangements may be the best option for an architectural practice to retain its corporate knowledge and for the profession to retain its talent.
10 Principles for Building an Architectural Business
How do you build an architectural business? Charles Justin offers 10 principles to guide a practice.